NASA TV will air live coverage of three International Space Station crew members returning to Earth after 166 days in space today (March 10). Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins are scheduled to depart the space station in their Soyuz spacecraft at 8:02 p.m. EDT (0002 March 11 GMT). Landing in Kazakhstan (in Central Asia) is scheduled to take place at 11:24 p.m. EDT (0324 March 11 GMT), when it is 9:24 a.m. on March 11 local time. You can watch the webcasts of the departure and landing the in the window below.
Soyuz undocking coverage is set to begin at 7:45 p.m. EDT (2345 GMT), and coverage of the landing will start at 10:15 p.m. EDT (0215 March 11 GMT). Check out NASA TV's full schedule of events below:
- Kibo Commander: Koichi Wakata Becomes 1st Japanese to Command Space Station
- Space Station Photos: Expedition 38 Mission Crew in Orbit
- Cosmic Quiz: Do You Know the International Space Station?
- Stunning Space Photos: NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins' Views from Orbit
KEPLER WEBCAST REPLAY
NASA scientists will hold a public teleconference today to reveal the latest planet discoveries by the space agency's prolific Kepler Space Telescope and you can follow the major exoplanet news live online here. The NASA Kepler mission teleconference will begin at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) and will be webcast live via NASA in the window below:
Participating in the briefing are:
-- Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington
-- Jack Lissauer, planetary scientist, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
-- Jason Rowe, research scientist, SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif.
-- Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA. FULL STORY: NASA Will Unveil New Discoveries from Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Wednesday
From NASA: "Launched in March 2009, Kepler was the first NASA mission to find Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone -- the range of distance from a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid water. The telescope has since detected planets and planet candidates spanning a wide range of sizes and orbital distances. These findings have led to a better understanding of our place in the galaxy."
- 9 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life
- The Strangest Alien Planets: Gallery
- Gallery: A World of Kepler Planets
- NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Explained: Infographic
- Kepler Reveals Lots of Planets: Some Habitable?
NASA TV is available in continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-18C. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. Below are parameters for each channel:
Uplink provider = AMC 18 C
Transponder = 3C
105 degrees W
Downlink Frequency: 3760 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Transmission Format = DVB-S, 4:2:0
FEC = ¾
Data Rate = 38.80 Mbps
Symbol Rate = 28.0681